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Sutton's industrial past inspires new generation of writers 23.09.10

The steel, smoke and factories of Sutton's industrial past will provide the inspiration for a series of creative writing workshop in Sutton.

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The Word Factory writing and heritage project aims to help residents write stories about Sutton's future, using the borough's rich history as inspiration.

A launch event on Thursday 7 October will kick-off a schedule of regular writing workshops over the next few months. The programme will include visits to local and national museums and the publication of an anthology at the end of the project.

Each workshop will take advantage of Sutton's extensive archive collection to provide budding writers with a glimpse of the area's rich industrial past to inspire them to write stories predicting what Sutton will be like in 2025.

Sutton was once a centre for the production of textiles, copper pans, fireworks, snuff and alcohol. Some of the industries such as the cultivation of lavender and peppermint still exist today.

Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries on Sutton Council, said: "I'm delighted that our residents will have a chance to develop their writing skills while learning about Sutton's history.

 "Sutton's industrial past is not generally well known. However the borough's excellent archive collection has preserved this period of our history and now this writing initiative will be able to use it as inspiration."

Renowned poet Aoife Mannix will be on hand to provide guidance and tips at the workshops which have been set up thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Word Factory is part of Boris Johnson's 'Story of London' festival.

The free launch event will include an opportunity to participate in short creative writing workshops. The launch event will be on Thursday 7th October from 6.30pm at the Salvation Army building on Benhill Avenue in Sutton.

To book a place at the event please contact 020 8770 6990.

Last updated: Monday, 11 October 2010

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